Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Passion to the Third Degree.
Yes, Iâ€™m sick. No voice. Allergy-induced laryngitis with mini-asthma attacks. I stopped taking the allergy meds in late April because I never have allergy attacks between late April and early August. Ever. But this year, with the smoke and drought hitting Florida, Iâ€™m dealing with some allergens of a different sort.
This is not a good week to be sick. I have too much to do at work. I have plans for my weekend. Iâ€™m postponing any coffee dates until I can do something other than look sniffly and pathetic, but Jillianâ€™s in town for a conference and I havenâ€™t seen her in over two years. How am I going to paint the town magenta with Jillian if Iâ€™m sick?
And yet, when I wasnâ€™t napping today, I was still being productive. Sitting in the yard and planting flowers. I feel like crap, but my yardâ€™s pretty.
You see, I hate being sick. If I lose my voice, I want to sing. If I hurt my knee, I want to go for long walks. If Iâ€™m stuck on the sofa snoozing when I donâ€™t want to be snoozing, I canâ€™t stand it. Iâ€™m one of those people who has to be doing something.
So I didnâ€™t feel creative or analytical today. I took it easy, napped, did a little gardening while listening to podcasts. Had something to show for my day besides pillow lines on my face.
Late in the day, I sent the girls for take-out while I finished a gardening task, without my iPod speakers broadcasting anything at all while I worked. My hands were busy and so was my mind, and I had an incredible idea for a project. Itâ€™s quick. Itâ€™s a moneymaker.
Itâ€™s also the kind of thing I used to spend my own time researching and putting together. Thatâ€™s one of the decisions Iâ€™ve made recentlyâ€”to subcontract out as many of my â€œlower tierâ€ but time-consuming tasks as possible.
So before I attempt sleep tonight (not an easy task at the moment), Iâ€™m taking a soothing bath while I figure out the specifics, and then Iâ€™m putting a request for quote out at my favorite virtual assistant site to take bids. This is one project where I want to see just how far I can go with outsourcing as much of the mundane part of a creative project as possible. If ever Iâ€™m to learn to delegate, I am doing it now.
And to be sick today, perhaps letting go of the shit-work and focusing on the part of the work that excites me is the most productive I can be.